March 30, 2023
Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, presented the Governor General’s Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case to six laureates during a ceremony in the Ballroom of the Fairmont Château Laurier, on Thursday, March 30, 2023, at 11:30 a.m.
Organized by Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE), this award ceremony recognized Canadians, including youth, who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of gender equality.
About the Persons Case Awards
In 1929, five women from Alberta won the judiciary battle to be recognized as persons, therefore making them eligible for appointment to the Senate. The Governor General’s Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case were established in 1979, by the Government of Canada, with the support of the Right Honourable Edward Schreyer, former governor general of Canada, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this historic decision. These awards highlight Canadian contributions to the advancement of women’s equality and celebrate Canada’s evolution as an inclusive society.